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Democrats Apologize to IRS Commissioner at Hearing on Lost Emails
sharylattkisson.com/ ^ | 6/20/2014 | SHARYL ATTKISSON

Posted on 06/20/2014 9:39:29 AM PDT by NYRepublican72

In his first Congressional appearance since news of the lost Lois Lerner emails, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was alternately attacked by Republicans and praised by Democrats who apologized to him for his treatment and called the investigation an “endless conspiracy theory” by Republicans.

Under oath before the House Ways and Means Committee, Koskinen restated what Congress had been told privately: that emails of Lerner and six other relevant IRS officials have been irretrievably lost because of crashes of their hard drives and servers.

Koskinen defended not telling Congress in numerous previous appearances about the email losses. In those appearances, he assured Congress that all the Lerner emails would be provided. Koskinen says his testimony at that time wasn’t dishonest because he was going to provide all the emails “we had.” He also said that he wasn’t fully aware of the crashed hard drives and the status of the lost emails until April or May.

Koskinen argued that he has been honest and transparent and that the fuss today is “a result of us providing you a full accounting.”

“Why should anyone believe you?” asked Kevin Brady (R-Texas).

“I want to apologize to you for the way you’ve been treated this morning,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings (R-Maryland) to Koskinen. Cummings then offered Koskinen time to say whatever he wanted.

(Excerpt) Read more at sharylattkisson.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: Maryland; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 113th; apology; attkisson; cultureofcorruption; elijahcummings; gettherope; impeachnow; irs; irsgate; irsscandals; johnkoskinen; kevinbrady; lerneremails; lerneremailshearing; loislerner; lostemails; maryland; texas
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Yeah. Apologize. Seriously?

Maybe the IRS should start apologizing to folks that get audited, but "lose" their receipts due to a "computer crash."

Sorry Mr. Taxpayer for accusing you of lying and pestering you. Don't worry about those penalties and interest. We offended your sensibilites. That'll happen, right?

1 posted on 06/20/2014 9:39:29 AM PDT by NYRepublican72
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To: NYRepublican72

Did anyone ask if citizens can claim their records are lost when questioned/audited by the IRS?


2 posted on 06/20/2014 9:40:43 AM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: NYRepublican72

This cummings fool should apologize to America for wasting a representative’s seat. He is a shameless degenerate.


3 posted on 06/20/2014 9:42:03 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: NYRepublican72

The behavior of the democrats is the most damning thing about it.

They treated the IRS as if it were some kind of poor oppressed federal agency while repeatedly attacking the American people.


4 posted on 06/20/2014 9:42:19 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: NYRepublican72

“and called the investigation an “endless conspiracy theory” by Republicans.”


There we have it, folks. It’s officially a “phoney scandal.” Expect the media to take it’s cue.


5 posted on 06/20/2014 9:43:04 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: NYRepublican72

What an embarrassment. Like they don’t have voters that have been screwed by the IRS.. When they used to work anyway..


6 posted on 06/20/2014 9:43:21 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: NYRepublican72
Its the least the Democrats could do since the IRS was bending over backwards to see to their election/re-elections.

The federal government is irredeemably corrupt.

7 posted on 06/20/2014 9:43:50 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: NYRepublican72

Sorry we treated you like a liar. We should have treated you like the criminal you are.


8 posted on 06/20/2014 9:44:19 AM PDT by DManA
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To: NYRepublican72

Cummings is involved up to his neck in this, of course he want to call it a conspiricy theory and make it go away.


9 posted on 06/20/2014 9:44:19 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: NYRepublican72

Leave the IRS alone!!!


10 posted on 06/20/2014 9:44:20 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: NYRepublican72

Apology not accepted until that Obamahole becomes a “mama” in your local federal prison.


11 posted on 06/20/2014 9:44:54 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: NYRepublican72

I knew it was a mistake to allow any Rats on the investigation.


12 posted on 06/20/2014 9:46:56 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: SaxxonWoods

This whole pony show is being orchestrated by the dems. Stall until it blows over. Blow it over ASAP with help from the media. A few shiny objects flash here and there to distract the public and the RINOs will do as their told.


13 posted on 06/20/2014 9:47:13 AM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: NYRepublican72

“As IRS boss refuses to apologize, US reps, Katie Pavlich give him well-deserved hell”

“What I didn’t hear in that statement is an apology to this Committee” -Chairman Camp #IRS—
Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich)

“I don’t think an apology is owed” -Koskinen

http://twitchy.com/2014/06/20/wow-as-irs-boss-refuses-to-apologize-us-reps-katie-pavlich-give-him-well-deserved-hell/


14 posted on 06/20/2014 9:47:42 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: NYRepublican72
wasn’t dishonest because he was going to provide all the emails “we had.”

And the total amount of emails that were then on hand was between hardly-anything and none. With a tendency towards the none part of that range.

It's the ol' "between Slim and none" defense, with Slim having just left town.

15 posted on 06/20/2014 9:50:24 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: chessplayer
They can try to claim phony scandal....this scandal is the one the public can understand...it was the little man who was the target.

This IRS commissioners smugness will not play to the unwashed masses.

16 posted on 06/20/2014 9:51:26 AM PDT by Dog (Founding member of the Osama Bin Laden was alive the whole time club..)
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To: hal ogen

Cummings isn’t a fool, he’s a co-conspirator. Previous hearings have shown his office was in improper contact with the IRS to obtain info on some of the targeted organizations.


17 posted on 06/20/2014 9:52:42 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: kevkrom

He is a co-conspirator. However, that does not preclude his being a fool.


18 posted on 06/20/2014 9:53:57 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: NYRepublican72

This must be Bush’s fault some how.


19 posted on 06/20/2014 9:54:13 AM PDT by McGruff (What if we bombed our own citizens?)
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To: NYRepublican72

I still can’t believe the Repubs are focused on the hard drive of a laptop. What about her desktop computer, firewall logs, exchange server logs and the offsite backup media? That’s where you can find the evidence. The hard drive crash is a distraction.


20 posted on 06/20/2014 9:54:33 AM PDT by nhwingut (This tagline is for lease)
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To: NormsRevenge
Like they don’t have voters that have been screwed by the IRS.

What makes you think Cummings' constituents pay taxes?

21 posted on 06/20/2014 9:54:43 AM PDT by henkster (Do I really need a sarcasm tag?)
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To: NYRepublican72

We’re back to “what the meaning of ‘is’ is.”


22 posted on 06/20/2014 9:55:51 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: nhwingut

Someone hand deliver some computers and networks for absurdly stupid clueless beaten down gope books.


23 posted on 06/20/2014 9:58:33 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.q)
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To: NYRepublican72

What do you expect. Democratic lawmakers do not represent the taxpayers of this country.


24 posted on 06/20/2014 9:59:16 AM PDT by BradtotheBone (Record number of people on welfare. That's the State of the Union under Obama.)
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To: henkster

Before he got elected, some may have had to work, ;-)


25 posted on 06/20/2014 9:59:49 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: hal ogen

Touche.


26 posted on 06/20/2014 10:01:32 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: Dog

They can try to claim phony scandal....this scandal is the one the public can understand...


But how much of the public even knows about it beyond political junkies. Most people get their news on tv, and ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC have ignored it. The newspapers, if they do mention it, have it buried in a tiny paragraph on page 17. If you asked a random person on the street what they think about this, they would probably say they don’t have a clue what you’re talking about.


27 posted on 06/20/2014 10:02:29 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: NYRepublican72

Make a campaign commercial out of it. Show the attacks of the IRS on ordinary citizens then show the Democrats apologizing to the IRS for being held accountable.


28 posted on 06/20/2014 10:06:37 AM PDT by Petrosius
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To: NYRepublican72

The State governments need to press charges against these guys. It’s the only way we will get these guys in jail.


29 posted on 06/20/2014 10:07:20 AM PDT by Clean_Sweep
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To: NYRepublican72

OMGosh sickening. I saw Ryan and the one from Ohio, R’s but not the D’s. Probably saved my tv from being damaged.

I wanted to slap that smug look off of his FACE. DISGUSTING.


30 posted on 06/20/2014 10:07:32 AM PDT by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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To: NYRepublican72

Of course the dems will apologize to the IRS and defend it at all costs. Ideologically they are joined at the hip, fellow travelers in the larger totalitarian scheme.


31 posted on 06/20/2014 10:10:27 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: chessplayer

Koskinen:

Great balls of fire I’m bodacious!
Great balls of fire I’m a liar!
Great ball of fire I’m ostentatious!
I’m shred shred shreddin with all of my might !
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29gtCGIrICY


32 posted on 06/20/2014 10:12:03 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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“I want to apologize to you for the way you’ve been treated this morning,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings (R-Maryland) to Koskinen. Cummings then offered Koskinen time to say whatever he wanted.

I think that was John Lewis, not Cummings. Anyone?

33 posted on 06/20/2014 10:12:54 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: NYRepublican72

The republicans should say “You democrats aren’t apologizing for us. If you are, you’re going to be very busy today.”

It amazes me that there’s not one honest democrat on capital hill.


34 posted on 06/20/2014 10:17:37 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: VerySadAmerican

When that ‘rat said “I thought we were having a hearing, not a trial”, Ryan should have retorted with “then why are you democrats acting like defense attorneys instead of investigators?”


35 posted on 06/20/2014 10:19:18 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: DManA

I would have said “You better hope a republican is not elected president in 2016 because I will hound him to have the DOJ prosecute you and send your ass to jail. Of course, we KNOW you’ll do everything you can to make sure the democrats win.”


36 posted on 06/20/2014 10:19:22 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: Dog

The problem is half of the “little people” believe it was perfectly okay to target the mean old tea party.


37 posted on 06/20/2014 10:20:26 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: NYRepublican72

If the IRS computers were unstable enough to lose vital e-mails, then they must also have been unstable enough to lose millions of taxpayer records over the years, and the IRS’s function of collecting revenues would have been impaired.

If Congress can’t subpoena the IRS’s e-mails, then Congress should subpoena the IRS’s hard drives to be examined by experts to determine how and why they were lost.

The IRS should also subpoena the IRS’s computer staff to determine what went wrong, and it should also subpoena the IRS staff in Cincinnati where the original IRS scandal was perpetrated.

Would a defense attorney representing a person indicted for murder not raise holy hell if he found out that the prosecution had mysteriously lost vital e-mails exonerating his client?

Congress is representing US against a government that wants to destroy our country. So why aren’t the members of Congress, besides Ted Cruz, flooding the airwaves and newspapers with their righteous anger to alert our citizens as Paul Revere once did, that our enemies are on the march and we’d better fight back?


38 posted on 06/20/2014 10:20:37 AM PDT by Bluestocking
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To: NYRepublican72

I heard 8 of 11 hard drives failed. Coincidentally, those eight were the ones that belonged to the highest ranking people in the IRS.

Pure coincidence.

BULLSH!T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


39 posted on 06/20/2014 10:24:08 AM PDT by MeganC (Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.)
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To: MeganC

They belonged to the people involved in the political targeting scheme, too.

Even more coincidental... raaaahht.


40 posted on 06/20/2014 10:25:49 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: NYRepublican72
Well, in their enthusiasm to protect the many, many pathological liars in the IRS and throughout this administration (modeled after the chief prevaricator himself most are not very good at lying anyway), the Democrat-Socialists aren't scoring points with taxpayers Left or Right ... I don't think the IRS is popular with any taxpayer!
41 posted on 06/20/2014 10:28:54 AM PDT by glennaro
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To: NYRepublican72

Cummings changed parties? R-Maryland???


42 posted on 06/20/2014 10:35:11 AM PDT by I_be_tc
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To: NYRepublican72

Considering that Cummings was one of those involved in the targeting of Conservatives he is VERY pleased the emails are gone..I don’t need an IRS Commissioner to tell me what happened..the emails were destroyed, to protect Obama, Jarrett, the DOJ, and members of Congress who were behind the targeting..a 2 year old could figure that out


43 posted on 06/20/2014 10:36:33 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: hal ogen

It’s his constituents who owe us an apology. Don’t hold your breath.


44 posted on 06/20/2014 10:50:10 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: NYRepublican72

Hang them all and hang the Senators and Representatives who pressured the IRS into doing this and hang the CIC and AG and everyone else in this administration.

Hang them all for treason, conspiracy to treason, perjury, and a whole list of other crimes.


45 posted on 06/20/2014 10:53:39 AM PDT by SolidRedState (I used to think bizarro world was a fiction.)
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To: NYRepublican72

Not only are they claiming that they “lost” the emails, they are also claiming that they only keep employee emails for 6 months anyway. These lies rank right up there with “If you like your health insurance, you can keep it”.


46 posted on 06/20/2014 10:55:22 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: GSWarrior
leave britney alone! photo: leave britney alone guy tumblr_lkg11ikypc1qdexbb.gif "They said `Ni!' to the IRS! Leave Lois alone!"
47 posted on 06/20/2014 10:57:08 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: glennaro

Make no mistake that the left is pleased that a gov’t agency is targeting conservatives.


48 posted on 06/20/2014 10:59:01 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: NYRepublican72

Bring in the IT guys responsible for the backups, the managers don’t have a clue how the backup works.


49 posted on 06/20/2014 10:59:23 AM PDT by Bruce Kurtz
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To: MeganC

It’s no coincidence. Corruption causes hard drives to fail.


50 posted on 06/20/2014 11:03:11 AM PDT by RBroadfoot
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